Gwinnett Tech rolls out the red carpet to be a location in upcoming movie

For More Than Two Weeks Crews Turned a Campus Building into a Hollywood-style Set

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON — It’s a wrap…at Gwinnett Technical College anyway.

Filming is complete at this location and crews have moved out, returning the Gwinnett Tech campus back to the business of workforce development and higher education. From Thursday, Oct. 22 through Monday, Oct. 26, cast, crew and executives of the Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “Sully” used portions of The Busbee Center (Building 700) for the filming of the movie that will depict the story of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger.

While this is the first time the campus has been used as a movie set, The Busbee Center is home to the Cisco Auditorium and the Siemens Banquet Hall, as well as academic classrooms, computer science labs and culinary arts labs, as well facilities for continuing education and customized training for business and industry. 

According to Patrick Mignano, location manager for the movie, when he saw photographs of the auditorium in The Busbee Center at Gwinnett Tech, he was impressed with how much it resembled the actual hearing rooms of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In addition to transforming the auditorium into an NTSB hearing room, the location team transformed one end of the banquet hall into an air traffic control room. Mignano praised the faculty, staff and students at Gwinnett Tech, saying that everyone was warmly welcoming, very supportive and great to work with on the project.

“This was an exciting opportunity for the college to be showcased and support our state’s focus on the film industry, which is of great importance to Georgia’s economic development,” said Gwinnett Tech President Dr. Glen Cannon. “Gwinnett Tech offers customized solutions to many local, regional, national and international companies. We can now add the film industry to that list.”

Gwinnett Tech is one of several locations used in the movie that began principal photography in New York on Sept. 28. Filming has also taken place in North Carolina, Atlanta and Los Angeles. 

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.  However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. The film stars Oscar winner Tom Hanks as Sully, and is under the direction of Oscar winner Clint Eastwood. “Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. 

Special events – even move shoots – can be booked at The Busbee Center and elsewhere on campus through the Department of Economic Development. 

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Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. 

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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and also serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. Gwinnett Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability.

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